Preview by Prakhar
Not only did the Gujarat Titans win the opening season in the Indian Premier League, but they were confused, opposed the odds, and outperformed individuals and opponents together. Because of their dominance, there aren't as many answers as when the winning Jaguar Note might stop.
It is undeniable that they may have the strongest bowling attack in the tournament. Despite a series of victories, the weaknesses of the batter are still clear. On paper, Punjab Kings has a more solid, if not stronger, team that can surpass the top teams at DY Patil Stadium. But are you confident that you can push your limits against your opponents on Tuesday night in another volatile season, including winning just one of the last four games? It's unlikely.
The side led by Mayank Agarwal addresses both the issue of sufficiency and the issue of inadequacy. In the middle of the season, they still don't understand their best lineup, composition of foreign players, and how to make a winning habit. In the last nine games, there are no consecutive wins like other midcard rivals Delhi Capitals.
The team led by Hardik Pandya will test their nerves and skills as the Punjab Kings need to pull out the A game to lead the table.
When: Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Gujarat Titans vs Punjab Kings, DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
What to expect: Temperatures are expected to rise to about 30 degrees Celsius in high humidity. Expect toss and dew
Head to Head: Gujarat Titans beat PBKS by 6 wickets early in season.
Injured/unavailable: Hardik Pandya is in nursing after being hit by Umran Khan with the ball in the previous match. Whether he has fully recovered remains to be seen.
Tactics & Matchups: Mohammed Shami, who has never sacked Shikhar Dhawan in the IPL with a 156.52 conceding percentage, may be brought in at a later date. Lockie Ferguson, on the other hand, sacked the southpaw three times in 46 balls. Likewise, Rashid Khan sacked Dhawan four times in 44 balls. Given Punjab's struggles with Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya this season, there may be a reason to bring in R Sai Kishore.
Probable XI: Shubhman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
Tactics & Matchups: Kagiso Rabada managed to control Shubuman Gil, admitting 20 of the 32 balls and dismissing the Titans opener twice.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Did you know?
The Titans won five chase in the final game, two of which were final balls. Only CSK in 2018 and RR in 2019 won as many games as possible in the final round of a single tournament.
Wriddhiman Saha recorded 91 runs with an SR of 142.18 in power play, but was never rejected.
What they said:
We bowl very well and do a lot of things right as a bowling unit. Arshdeep stepped up, Rahul won the wicket, and KG always stepped up to provide a bigger wicket. PBKS captain Mayank Agarwal has shown positive results after losing the last match.
"It's becoming a habit for people to come in and show what they can do in important situations. I don't mind if that happens. We've always helped them do so. But they have challenged the odds over and over again .. Thanks to their level of self-confidence (about Miller, Tewatiya, Rashid), the self-confidence they have guarantees they can finish the game. Masu-Hadik Pandia, Captain of Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans Squad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Matthew Wade, Varun Aaron, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Abhinav Manohar, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Darshan Nalkande, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Dominic Drakes, Yash Dayal, Noor Ahmad
Punjab Kings Squad: Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Benny Howell, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Shahrukh Khan, Prerak Mankad, Odean Smith, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa